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The Satyricon

The Satyricon is ultimately a satire of the Roman society in which it was written. Petronius uses satire to critique the taste and values of the upper class. He critiques the wealthy’s greed in all...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2020, 6:18 pm (UTC)

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The Satyricon

Satyricon, written by Gaius Petronius of Nero's court and narrated by Encolpius, is a fragment. The section featuring Encolpius' adventures is fragmented, with no ending: "the exit of the two...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016, 12:01 am (UTC)

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The Satyricon

At the time when Petronius wrote The Satyricon, the population of freedmen in Rome was relatively large, even more so in the Italian peninsula as a whole. They were given the same level of...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2017, 4:51 pm (UTC)

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The Satyricon

Anyone looking for signs of virtue in The Satyricon is liable to be disappointed. The society depicted in the story is characterized by the pursuit of excess and self-indulgence. Taking their cue...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2020, 11:39 am (UTC)

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The Satyricon

Satire is sometimes said to be the only literary genre invented by the Romans. This is not quite true, but it is accurate to say that satire was not a classical Greek literary genre, as, for...

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The Satyricon

The clearest answer is that in The Satyricon, Chapter 5, the colors of Trimalchio's are symbolic. A number of colors are mentioned along with metallic gold and silver. Colors have deeply entrenched...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2011, 4:19 pm (UTC)

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